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The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

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Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva, the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a highly educated medical administrator. He completed medical school at the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, India, and he also holds a master of science in biostatistics from the Medical College of Wisconsin, an MBA from the University of Houston, a juris doctor from Marquette University, a doctor of epidemiology from the University of Texas, and a doctor of business administration from the University of Strathclyde. Drawing on his considerable knowledge and skill, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva wrote the second chapter of the 2014 edition of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics.

In addition to Dr. Sachdeva’s chapter, “Quality and Safety in Healthcare for Children,” the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics contains valuable information on topics ranging from child and adolescent psychology to childhood metabolic diseases and general nutrition. This handy reference book is designed to help physicians quickly and easily identify clinical conditions and relevant treatments.

The Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics has provided pediatric care solutions to physicians for more than 75 years. Elsevier Publishing released the most recent edition of this trusted resource as a two-volume set in 2015. Together, these volumes contain nearly 4,000 pages of essential information. The latest edition of the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics also comes with access to a wealth of exclusive content on the Internet.

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Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy


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Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy

An experienced public health professional and senior medical administrator, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva functions as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. As part of his work with the AAP, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as the project director and a principal investigator for the Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy project.

Conducted in partnership with the Epilepsy Foundation, the Awareness and Access to Care for Children and Youth with Epilepsy project was undertaken with financial support from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration. From 2004 to 2008, the project worked to improve access to comprehensive and coordinated pediatric epilepsy health care services in underserved areas of California, Illinois, Mississippi, New Jersey, Oregon, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Part of the project’s mission was to apply the advancements of the adult epilepsy Project ECHO within the pediatric setting. Short for Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, ECHO was developed to treat chronic and complex cases of epilepsy in various rural and underserved populations of New Mexico.

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About the SCCM-Weil Research Trust – Society of Critical Care Medicine

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SCCM-Weil Research Trust

A professor of pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin and associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also serves as the medical director of quality initiatives and the director of subspecialty pediatrics with the Academy. An active member in his professional field, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva belongs to several medical organizations, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

Open to professionals who provide care to injured and critically ill patients, the Society of Critical Care Medicine is dedicated to promoting the highest quality care in the field of intensive care. To ensure patients receive the best care possible, the society offers fundamental courses so health care institutions can evaluate and improve the skills of their clinicians, fellows, residents, and students. As an additional resource for intensive care units, the SCCM sponsors the SCCM-Weil Research Trust.

An extension of the preexisting SCCM-Weil Research Grant program, the trust funds research grants awarded by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Named for the society’s founder, the SCCM-Weil Research Trust is awarded each year at its Critical Care Congress. Grant applicants must be current SCCM members in good standing and may designate a SCCM mentor if the applicant is within 10 years of his or her training completion date.

Successful applications are judged for their approach, significance, innovation, institutional support, and overall experience. Funding grants may be as much as $50,000, and indirect budget costs may not exceed 10 percent of the grant total.

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Common Sleep-Disordered Breathing Syndromes

obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome
obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome


Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva lectures on pediatric critical care and sleep medicine as a practicing faculty physician. Throughout his career, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has accumulated research experience and supervised the implementation of research studies. Among the subjects he has investigated is sleep-disordered breathing.

Sleep-disordered breathing comprises different aspects of breathing abnormalities. One of these is obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome, or OSAHS. This condition happens when there is partial or complete obstruction of the airways. Common symptoms of OSAHS include daytime somnolence and nocturnal choking.

Another aspect of sleep-disordered breathing is upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS). A patient with this condition experiences excessive and significant airway resistance and esophageal inspiratory pressure. UARS shares some symptoms with OSAHS, such as daytime sleepiness.

Treatment of these sleep-disordered breathing syndromes include CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, oral appliances, as well as lifestyle changes for weight loss. Surgery is sometimes undertaken when other treatments fail to improve a patient’s condition.

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Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality – Hospital-Acquired Conditions


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Agency of Healthcare Research & Quality

Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as a physician and health care executive for more than three decades. In addition to his role as associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics, since 2011, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva has served as the principal investigator for the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

With the goal of acquiring evidence to create safer, higher quality, more accessible health care, the AHRQ works alongside organizations such as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

One way in which the AHRQ helps disseminate the information gleaned from their research and surveys is through a popular new media form, the infographic. One such infographic outlines the recent decrease of hospital-acquired conditions (HAC). HACs are illnesses patients did not have when admitted to the hospital, but with which they were infected during their stay, such as surgical site infections, pressure ulcers, and adverse drug events.

This survey found that between 2010 and 2014, there was a 17 percent reduction in the number of hospital-acquired conditions – or a total of 2.1 million conditions avoided – resulting in 87,000 preserved lives. This decrease also meant a savings of almost $20 billion in hospital costs.

The full details of this study were compiled in an AHRQ report entitled “Saving Lives and Saving Money: Hospital-Acquired Conditions Update,” which was published in December of 2015.

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Studies Explore the Prevalence of Constipation in Overweight Children


Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva
Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva

In 2003, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva established the Section of Quantitative Health Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Pediatrics. Apart from being its founder, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva also oversaw several research studies, such as one looking at the presence of constipation in overweight children.

Constipation in children is a common disorder, with symptoms including abdominal pain and infrequent bowel movements. It occurs when the stool fails to pass through the digestive tract immediately, causing the stool to harden. Although cases of pediatric constipation are common, recent studies aim to explore its prevalence in children who are overweight.

Children with a body mass index between 85-95 percentile are considered overweight. In a study conducted at the Department of Pediatrics of UI College of Medicine at Peoria, it was concluded that there is an association between children being overweight and chronic constipation. Between the study and control group, the children who suffered chronic constipation were predominantly male and overweight. However, according to other studies, the relationship between constipation and obesity is affected by factors apart from weight and sex, such as impaired quality of life or nutritional styles.

Although there is no conclusive study on the prevalence of constipation in overweight children, the role of family in the prevention of this condition is deemed significant by researchers.

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AMA Enters into Partnership to Support Diabetes Prevention


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American Medical Association

An experienced pediatric critical care and sleep medicine professional, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva works at the Medical College of Wisconsin as a professor. In addition, Dr. Ramesh Sachdeva serves as the associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics and maintains a membership with the American Medical Association (AMA).

Recently, the AMA partnered with digital therapeutics firm Omada Health and Intermountain Healthcare to contribute to type 2 diabetes prevention. To do this, Intermountain Healthcare will offer Omada’s Prevent program at its Utah-based facilities.

The current version of the Prevent program leads patients through a 16-week course designed to guide people at risk for type 2 diabetes toward a healthy lifestyle and lower their risk of developing the disease. The AMA will be involved with the implementation of Omada’s program at Intermountain Healthcare and supervise the integration to help Omada meet the needs of providers’ workflows.

The AMA independently operates its own diabetes prevention efforts in the form of its Prevent Diabetes STAT program, with the acronym STAT standing for Screen, Test, Act – Today.